April is check your helmet month and the timing couldn’t be better as riders all along the east coast gear up for the Spring riding season. It’s the perfect time to ask yourself “when did I last check my helmet?”
Based on helmet manufacturer and SNELL Memorial Foundation recommendations, helmets should be replaced every three to five years, depending on use and wear and remember, if it’s had a single impact it’s ready for retirement.
Finding the best fitting helmet is a critical component in safety and comfort. Here are some tips to remember when you purchase your next helmet:
- Size: Try on several different helmets before you purchase one. The best way to gauge comfort level and fit is through comparison. The helmet should fit comfortably all the way around your head. Additional pads can be used to make it snug.
- Strap: Pay attention to the chin strap. Make sure that the chin strap fits around your ear and under your chin snugly and comfortably. The helmet should not shift on your head.
- Straight: Know how a helmet should fit. A helmet is meant to be worn low on the forehead, just above your eyebrows. Look into a mirror or have a friend/parent help you determine the proper fit. (adapted from the SNELL website: http://www.smf.org/helmetguide)
Harley-Davidson offers a wide range of helmets that protect your valuable asset while also catering to your unique, individual style. Stop in and see any of our MotorClothes associates who can help you trade-up and ensure a proper fit.
During the month of April Hannum’s is offering a $35 trade-in credit toward the purchase of a new helmet. When you trade-in your helmet you will be entered to win our “ugliest helmet contest” where we will take your old helmet and place it on display in the dealership the entire month. At the end we will pick the “ugliest helmet” and the recipient will receive a $50 Hannum’s gift card.
Shop helmets at hannumshd.com.